Monthly Archives: March 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Bonjour,

This morning, I left the house early to go run some final errands.  Margie kept all three kids at her house, and Nana and Laura worked on finishing up the final packing. 

We ate lunch at Lenell’s, and then we came home so that Nana and the kids could take a nap.   Laura and I worked on sorting out some final details in the house, and now we are just about all finished!

We are going to wake everyone up in a few minutes, take a shower, and head off to the airport.  We have to stop by the bank on the way , and then we are going to go check on my car one last time.  We plan on eating supper somewhere on the way to the airport.

Our flight leaves at 20:50.  We fly from here to Monrovia, Liberia, where we have to sit on the plane for about an hour and a half, then on to Brussels, Belgium.  We get to Brussels at 05:00 which is 04:00 our time; then we leave there at 10:10 for JFK in NYC.  We arrive in New York at 12:20.  Laura’s sister, Emily, is going to try to meet us in New York for lunch, and then we catch our flight to Dallas at 17:30.  We will arrive in Dallas at 20:50 CST. 

We have hotel reservations just outside of the airport.  Laura’s parents and my dad are going to meet us, and then we will head home to Center, TX on Wednesday morning.

Have a great day!

A bientot!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Bonjour,

This morning, we all got up and had a lot of fun with Nana helping us get the boys ready for church. Nana has had many years of experience with a certain boy just like these two.  She knows just what to do for them!  It has been lots of fun watching her play with the kids.

Church went very well this morning.  The church people were sad to see us go, but everything was upbeat and encouraging.  We will sure miss the people here.

We ate lunch at Lenell’s house after church.  She grilled pork chops and the boys ate them up.  We had a good time of fellowship.

Then we came home to take a nap.  Nana and Gilbert went right to sleep.  Laura tried to get Bonnie to sleep and as soon as Bonnie went down then Danny woke up.

It was hot today.  It was well over 105 in the shade and no wind.   Nana and Laura stayed home this evening with the kids because they were all wiped out by the heat.

I went to church in Anyama so that I could say good by to the people there.  We have so many good friends here.

We ate supper at Bob and Margie’s.   We just kept talking and kept talking  and did not even realize that we finished supper at 21:00.  The kids all let us know that it was bed time!  So, we all came home and everyone crashed like we had had a hot and busy day. 

Tomorrow, we have some final things to wrap up and then we will leave here at about 16:00 to head to the air port.  We will try to send a final e-mail from Africa before we leave.  

A demain,

Joe, Laura ,Gilbert, Danny and Bonnie

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bonjour,

This morning, Dan came out with the trailer to get another load. We
loaded up our vehicle as well. After Dan got here, he told Joe that he
thought he was coming down with malaria. That’s a true friend; he helps
us even when he’s sick!

We all went out to the Posts’ house. Jennifer made chalupas for lunch;
they were delicious. After lunch, Joe, his mom, and the Peelers (a
couple visiting from Ghana) went to the souvenir market. Joe bought
some things for our display. His mom bought some tablecloths. They got
some good deals.

We got home about 18:00. We ate leftovers from the meal that Lenell
made for us on Thursday night.

The boys were wound up tonight. Now, they are waiting for Nana to go to
bed. She is sleeping in Gilbert’s bed with him; she is brave!

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, March 27, 2009

Bonjour,

We had a missionary get-together at the British Club today. We had a
good time of fellowship. We celebrated Tammy and Margie’s birthdays.

Tammy had planned to leave for furlough in May. She will be leaving
next week due to some medical problems. She has had constant stomach
problems for several months now. Please pray for her.

The ladies all went to the English couple’s house for tea after lunch.
Barbara has some beautiful gardens. She walked us through the gardens.
Then, we had tea and some cakes that she had made.

Joe headed to the airport to pick up his Mom. She arrived without any
difficulties.

The children and I rode home from the picnic with Lenell. We met Joe
and Nana at a restaurant in town. Gilbert was so excited to see Nana.
When Danny saw how excited Gilbert was, he was excited too. Bonnie went
right to Nana and was all smiles.

Everyone is worn out and ready for bed this evening.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bonjour,

It was another busy day. We did some more packing. Dan came with the
trailer and took another load. Joe also loaded our vehicle full of
stuff. The boys rode out to the Posts’ house and spent the afternoon
with the boys.

Margie watched Bonnie while Lenell helped me pack up the last things.
Lenell cleaned out the refrigerator for me while I sorted some piles of
papers and little things.

Lenell had made supper for us. We went over to the Engelharts’ house to
eat supper. Joe and the boys weren’t back yet. Jennifer sent
sandwiches home with them. The boys both fell asleep in the car.

We are all tired and ready for bed this evening.

Please pray for Joe’s mom as she travels here. She is on her way right
now. She will arrive tomorrow evening. She is coming to help us with
the trip home.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bonjour,

This morning, we went into town to get Bonnie’s Yellow Fever shot.  You can’t get one until after 9 months of age.  We got to town with no problems, and we made it to the doctor’s office 30 minutes before the appointment. 

On the way through the shopping center to the doctor’s office, Laura saw some tiny little bags that have a handle and wheels.  The boys are always wanting to pull our carry on bags in the airport, but they are always too heavy for the boys to pull.  So, we got them both their own carry on bag.  They have been talking to each other all day about all of the great stuff they are going to put in their bags.  Needless to say, we will have to inspect their bags very carfully before going through a security checkpoint.  They were a lot of fun to watch as they dragged their bags through the shopping center and up and down the four flights of stairs to the doctor’s office.

After Bonnie got her shots, we got a couple of items at the grocery store and then went to lunch.  Our car battery died in the grocery store parking lot.  We had to have someone give us a jump start.

This week has been extremely hot!  It has been over 104 in the shade every day with a heat index of 118.  Wow! 

After lunch, we went by the paint shop to check on my new car.  They are making progress already, and it is looking better and better each day.

Both boys fell asleep in the car on the way home!  Laura got too hot today, and she stayed home from church since she was not feeling well.  Lenell came over after she taught her girls’ club to help Laura take care of Bonnie.

We had 44 in church this evening, and Romeo preached a good sermon on Jeremiah.  The boys were very good in church.  I was very proud of them. 

Have a great day!

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe and Bob Engelhart went to Abidjan to pick up Matt’s
vehicle from the painter and dropped our vehicle off. They ran a few
other errands as well. They picked up the boys from the Machs’ house
before they headed home.

Gilbert and Danny did very well at the Machs’ house. They sat and “did
school” with the other children. Becky said that they sat quietly,
colored, and did some puzzles. They got to sleep in the tent in Luc’s
bedroom. They thought that was great until Luc and Danny fell asleep
before Gilbert, and Gilbert got squished out. He said that he just got
in Luc’s bed because there was no room for him in the tent. Danny has
stuck to me like glue since they got home.

Lenell helped me pack all day. We got the kitchen and pantry packed up
today. Dan came out to get two more trailer loads of our stuff.
Jennifer sent a meal for us. Margie kept Bonnie most of the day again.
It is such a blessing to have missionary friends who are so helpful.

Joe brought lunch home for us. After lunch, we went over to the
Engelharts’ house for a few minutes. Gilbert decided to stay with
Margie and Bonnie. Danny only wanted to stay if I was staying. He came
back and helped me and Lenell for awhile; then, he took a nap.

After supper, Lenell and I did some more work in the office. Lenell got
everything in the desk packed while I sorted papers.

Tomorrow, Bonnie has to get shots. So, we are going to take a break
from our packing and spend the morning in town.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, March 23, 2009

Bonjour,

We spent the day packing today. Dan came and got two trailer loads of
stuff. Lenell came around noon to help me and stayed all evening. We
got all of the books in the office packed. We packed up our bedroom and
bathroom. Tomorrow, we will tackle the kitchen.

The boys are at the Machs’ house. They are doing well and having a good
time. They will come back home tomorrow. Bonnie spent most of the day
with Margie. Margie enjoyed keeping Bonnie. Margie made supper for us.

After supper, Bonnie and I rode with Lenell to her apartment. She fed
the cat. Then, we came back home. Joe went on to bed. Lenell and I
stayed up and watched a Hallmark movie.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bonjour,

This morning, the children and I went to the Anyama church. Joe and
Romeo went on to Belleville. There were 67 in attendance there this
morning. They had good services. Joe explained that we would be going
back to the States a little early. The people were sad.

Between Sunday school and church, Gilbert needed to go to the bathroom.
I walked down there with him. Someone had done their laundry and had it
hanging on a rope in the bathroom. One pair of underwear had fallen on
the floor. Gilbert saw the “Fruit of the Loom” on the underwear and
knew that he had some like that. He picked them up and said, “Look,
Mom! It’s my underwear!” They were only about five sizes too big for
Gilbert.

When it came time for the offering, Gilbert and Danny both headed up
front to put their money in the basket. The music stopped before Danny
made it to the front because his money was stuck in his pocket. He came
back and said, “I don’t need to put my money in the basket.” He likes
to have money in his pocket. They sang another song after that.
Gilbert was going to go help Danny put his money in the basket. Gilbert
walked a few steps ahead of Danny and kept motioning for Danny to follow
him. Danny finally got up to the front and put his money in. Then,
they ran back to where I was. I told them that we don’t run in church
because it is God’s house. Gilbert said, “It is? What does He do in here?”

After church, the boys stayed with Lenell. Lenell was going out to
Bingerville this afternoon for Tammy’s birthday. So, she took the boys
out to the Machs’ house; they are going to spend a couple nights with
Luc while we work on packing up the house.

Bonnie slept during Sunday school and was asleep again when we got
home. She slept until we finished lunch; then, she was up the rest of
the afternoon. She played with Daddy while I took a nap.

The evening service went well. There were 25 in attendance. Joe has
been preaching a series of messages on the disciples. Tonight, he
preached about John.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bonjour,

This morning, Margie came over to help me do some packing while Joe went
to Anyama. When Joe got back, Margie took all three of the children
over to her house for awhile. We were able to get the boys room packed up.

We got busy packing and forgot about it being lunch time. I made a
quick lunch. Bob and Margie brought the kids back over, and they ate
lunch with us.

This afternoon, the children and I took a nap. Then, I started packing
up the things in the bathroom cabinets.

The boys don’t quite understand time yet. Gilbert wants to know how
many more naps it is before we go on the airplane. When he wakes up
from his “short nap,” he asks if we are going yet. Then, when he wakes
up from his “big nap,” he asks again.

Danny and Gilbert were taking turns wheeling a suitcase around the
house. Gilbert said that if he practices, he can do it all by himself
at the airport. Bonnie knows that something is going on with all of
this packing; she keeps Mom in her sights.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie